is another term for bronchial thermoplasty, which is a procedure that uses heat to reduce the amount of smooth muscle in the airways of the lungs. It is typically performed during a bronchoscopy, which involves passing a flexible tube with a camera and light through the mouth or nose and into the lungs.
During the procedure, a small, flexible catheter is used to deliver controlled, therapeutic heat to the airway walls. The heat energy is applied in a series of treatments, with each treatment targeting a different segment of the airway. The goal of bronchial thermoplasty is to reduce the amount of smooth muscle in the airway walls, which can help to reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
Bronchoscopic thermoplasty is typically used in patients with severe or persistent asthma that is not well-controlled with medication. It is not a first-line treatment for asthma, and is usually only considered after other treatment options have been tried without success.
blockage. Your healthcare provider can provide more information about the potential risks and benefits of this procedure based on your individual situation.